Njongo make province proud

2019-07-04 06:00
SGB chairperson Philiswa Marman together with school choir conductor Mandla Kala carrying a trophy that they won in the competition. PHOTO: unathi obose

SGB chairperson Philiswa Marman together with school choir conductor Mandla Kala carrying a trophy that they won in the competition. PHOTO: unathi obose

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Hard work and dedication paid off for a group of Injongo Primary School learners, in Khayelitsha, when they finished third in this year’s ABC Motsepe South African School Choir Eisteddfod competition held at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg.

The competition kicked off on Tuesday 25 June and continued until Friday 28 June, with nine primary schools participating.

Injongo achieved third place in the English category for the song “Western Peace” and walked away with a trophy and R5 000 cash prize.

Choir conductor Mandla Kala said the school is well-known in the choral music category in the province. He said they participated seven times and won it five times. “We’ve been participating since 2010 till 2015 and we took a break for two years. And came back again in 2018 and came second in Afrikaans,” he said.

Kala said the competition is about social cohesion, where learners learn about each other’s culture.

Student governing body (SGB) chairperson Philiswa Marman thanked the choir conductor for the good work. “He has put the school on the map,” she said. “The school has been recognised because of its effort. Our learners have been in Germany and Sweden to showcase their talent.”

Principal Sithembile Mhletywa thanked parents for their support and for allowing the learners to be involved in school activities.

He promised that they will win the competition next year. “We will start preparing for next year now. We deserve to be on top and we are aiming high,” said Mhletywa.

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